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Get Set For The 2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup!

March 6, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony RoundupSpring is on the way and with it the annual Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup! This year’s checkup on the wild horses of Assateague Island is scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2017.

You’ve heard of the annual Pony Swim that occurs every summer but did you know that there are two other roundups during the year, too. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company holds a roundup in the spring and the fall, as well.

These roundups allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company a chance to give the herd an overall health check. The spring pony roundup also sees buybacks from the previous year’s auction released back into the wild.

While these seasonal, health-check roundups are nowhere near the spectacle of the annual swim, they’re still very much worth experiencing. Further, as the two events are not as famous as the Pony Swim, the crowds are lesser, too. That means more viewing the wild ponies of Assateague close-up and less time fighting crowds.

The roundups are split into two days to accommodate the two separate herds of wild horses on Assateague.

The southern herd is the first to be rounded up: April 7th, 5 pm. The pen for this herd is located on the road going out to the beach on Assateague Island. The southern herd is smaller and closer with plenty of parking. Consequently, this first roundup only lasts a few hours and is the most popular of the two spring pony roundup events.

The roundup for the northern herd is scheduled for 8 am on April 8th. This herd is located on the northern end of Assateague Island, translating into a three-mile hike, one way, up the island’s service road. One has to be prepared for the hike but, because of this perceived inconvenience, the Saturday morning roundup tends to be a less crowded.

The northern herd is quite a bit larger than the southern, so the roundup is a much longer affair. Add in the combined six-mile hike and you’re making a day of it. Fun!

Either date will provide you with an indelible snapshot of these gorgeous wild horses and the amazing lives they lead. Come see the wild ponies of Assateague!

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup

April 7th & 8th
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more details and a guide to other events and attractions on Chincoteague Island.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car ShowTime for Chincoteague Island’s annual Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is almost here: September 24th, 2016 on the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

The annual Chili Chowder Cook-off is a favorite island get-together featuring fun, sun, food, music, and more. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the event brings area chefs together in a competition to create the best chili or chowder. Each year sees amazing twists on these dishes, from the chef’s own ingenuity or family recipes handed down from generation to generation.

Attendees to the Chili Chowder Cook-off will be able to taste and help judge delicious variations of these two, classic comfort foods! Consequently, the judges – people like yourself – are the real winners!

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Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

September 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

Mark your calendars: the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has scheduled the 2014 Fall Wild Pony Roundup for Oct 10th and 11th, 2014!

Three wild pony roundups occur each year: the July Pony Penning Round Up and two others in the spring and fall. These latter two roundups are conducted for the purpose of an an overall health check on the 130 or so wild horses on Assateague Island, including any of this year’s new foals.

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The Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off 2014!

August 16, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2014As we head into the beautiful Chincoteague autumn, a lot of things come to mind, not the least of which is … the annual Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off!

An island favorite, the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off is fun, sun, food, music, crafts, contests, and more. Hosted by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the 2014 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off offers chowder and chili aficionados from around the area a chance to compete – and taste! – delicious variations of chili and chowder. You’ll see numerous examples of these dishes, prepared under cover, from secret recipes handed down generation by generation, as well as brand new twists on these classic, comfort-food favorites.

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The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup

March 10, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Spring Pony Roundup

It’s almost spring and that means the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is just about upon us. The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

What’s the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup all about, anyway?

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